ABBEVILLE - The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles, will celebrate a Mass in French and be the Homilist at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Abbeville at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption, prior to the start of a Eucharistic Boat Procession up the Vermilion River in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Diocese of Lafayette.
At the end of Mass there will be a procession from the church with the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of Mary across the draw bridge to Riverfront Restaurant. At 10 a.m., 121 boats, each representing a parish of the Diocese of Lafayette, will embark in procession making their way up Bayou Vermilion to Lafayette. The boat procession will stop in Milton at Wawee’s at 11:35 a.m. for recitation of the Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, with the flotilla re-commencing at 12:35 p.m., continuing upstream and arriving at Ruffino’s in River Ranch at 1:40 p.m. for Rosary and Benediction.
The boat procession will embark once again at 2:40 p.m. and arrive at Beaver Park at about 3:20 p.m. Persons interested in making the “100-Year Walk” to the Cathedral can gather at Vermilionville at 3 p.m. and use the bike path under the Thruway to muster at the boat landing. At 3:45 pm a foot procession with the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will leave the landing and process up University Avenue all the way to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
Solemn Vespers will be prayed at 5 p.m. and Holy Mass will follow at 5:30 p.m. with Bishop Douglas Deshotel to conclude the historic day. Buses will be available to shuttle walkers back to Vermilionville as needed. Confessions will be heard in mobile units at each of the stops along the way.